Global Youth Service Days takes place on the last weekend of April. This year, they take place from April 20 to April 22. It is an annual conference of youth volunteers who spend their time and talent on community service and civic action. It seeks to give them a voice and encourage other youths to volunteer for community service. It started in the U.S. but has expanded to over 100 countries where young people are groomed as future leaders.
History of Global Youth Service Days
Every country is dependent on its youth to ensure its future. This is why countries invest heavily in education. But unlike in developed countries where the education sector boasts systems that thoroughly train students in leadership, that in developing countries is generally fragile and needs further boost, if not an “overhaul.”
Observed as the National Youth Service Days years ago in the U.S., these days celebrate the success of an international congregation of youth volunteers who have devoted their time and talent to community service.
Youth volunteerism dates back to ancient times when Greek and Persian wars tapped young men willing and able to join their armies. At that time, joining the army to defend their states from foreign invasion was considered a form of community service greater in value than any kind of public service. During the Industrial Revolution, as children and youth were forced into manual labor, politicians would call it “a great service” to the nation (though “forced labor” taken in its right context is now considered a human rights violation).
Although child labor has now been outlawed in many countries, it is considered one’s moral duty to serve the community in whatever way he or she can.
For this purpose, Global Youth Service Days have been celebrated as a three-day event in which young leaders aged five to 25 take center stage as community service providers calling attention to the need for young people to devote some time to serve their communities. Recent years have seen this social phenomenon expanding to more than a hundred countries — preparing the youth to take on the reins when needed.
Global Youth Service Days timeline
Young warriors enlist themselves to fight in battles believing it to be a great service to their countries.
Children aged more than 10 are forced to work as laborers to support an economy ruled by industry and machine manufacturing.
National Youth Service Days gain momentum and expand to other countries.
The United Nations marks August 12 as International Youth Day to generate awareness of the importance of youth development and involvement.
Global Youth Service Days FAQs
What is Global Youth Service Days?
Global Youth Service Days is an event that brings together young volunteers who are passionate about community service and civic action.
Why is Global Youth Service Days important?
It calls to action all youths who are committed to social development and service to communities.
How many countries celebrate Global Youth Service Days?
A total of 135 countries became part of Global Youth Service Days in 2019 — the highest count since its inception.
Global Youth Service Days Activities
Show you’re ready
Show you’ve got what it takes to become a future leader. You may read up on successful undertakings where youth volunteers have taken part in.
Check out government offices needing community volunteers
Check out government agencies in need of community service volunteers. Among these include the Departments of Health and Social Services.
Encourage a friend to volunteer
Bring along a friend once you’ve decided to volunteer for a project of your choice. He or she will surely be motivated to share his or her time and talent.
5 Facts About The Global Youth Service Days Conference
135 countries celebrated
A total of 135 countries registered for the celebrations in 2019.
It’s the only one in the world
Global Youth Service Days is the only global event that generates global awareness of building the capability of youths aged five to 25 to serve their communities.
It’s the largest youth-driven event
It’s the largest youth-driven service and civic action-based event across the globe.
Schools play a very important role
Schools are the training ground for young people who see themselves as future public servants and leaders.
Youth Service America hosts American youth
Youth Service America is the biggest volunteer-managed organization that hosts the youth of America for community service and civic action.
Why We Love Global Youth Service Days
It’s a time to make the youth shine
These days offer young people a chance to shine in the field of community service. They have the opportunity to show the world they can accomplish great things.
We need young blood to get the ball rolling
This day showcases the energy, zeal and idealism of young people to get things done. It’s a time that shows that youth is not necessarily wasted on the young.
The youth is our hope for the future
The youth holds the key to the world’s future. Without the youth, the world will be in great chaos.
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